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Dumler issues public apology

Christopher J. Dumler, a Scottsville lawyer who avoided a felony conviction on a forcible sodomy charge, has been unable to avoid a drumbeat of calls for his resignation from the Albemarle County board of supervisors.

Dumler evidently hopes to quell the criticism with a new public statement regarding his refusal to resign and his political future.

Dumler was charged with forcible sodomy last fall. He pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to misdemeanor sexual battery. The misdemeanor conviction allowed Dumler to avoid automatic suspension of his law license and disqualification for elected office.

Dumler was not welcomed back to the fold by his colleagues, however. Fellow board members voted unanimously on Feb. 6 to censure Dumler and split 3-2 to support a petition to remove him from office. A Feb. 25 public budget hearing brought a renewed firestorm of criticism from citizens.

The controversy since has refused to abate, but Dumler has resisted the public efforts to force him from office. He issued a written apology Wednesday to The Daily Progress, saying he acted “inappropriately” with the victim, a woman he knew in Scottsville.

“I have no plans to run again,” Dumler said, noting he has nearly three years left in his term as a county supervisor.

Dumler did not return a call for comment from Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

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